Valdosta State University Improves Student Success and Retention With Oracle's Robust Business Intelligence Environment

Wed Jan 9, 2013 8:00am EST

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REDWOOD SHORES, CA, Jan 09 (Marketwire) -- 
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    News Facts


--  Valdosta State University, a regional university in South Georgia
    serving approximately 12,491 undergraduate students, has seen a 10 to
    15 percent improvement in student midterm and final grades since
    implementing Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition at the
    start of the Fall 2012 semester.
--  To address its 67 percent one-year student retention rate, which costs
    the university $6.5 million in lost revenue each year, Valdosta State
    University chose Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition to
    provide 600 faculty and 100 staff members with rich insight into
    student academic performance. With instant, on-demand access to
    student class loads and grades, faculty can make timely decisions on
    how to facilitate student success, whether the right path is notifying
    the student's advisor, conducting one-on-one meetings with the student
    or implementing tutoring services.
--  With the new business intelligence environment, Valdosta State
    University has improved administrative productivity by more than 500
    percent. Administrative staff can now complete 90 percent of all data
    requests from faculty, department heads, deans and Office of Financial
    Aid grants staff within 24 hours -- compared to the previous average
    response time of one to three weeks -- using the solution's
    interactive dashboards, which enable faculty and staff to build
    reports from existing templates.
--  With Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition, faculty can
    receive important, recurring reports via email, eliminating the need
    for administrators to log in and run reports at specific times during
    the semester. Moreover, faculty can now easily communicate with each
    other across campus -- expediting and simplifying the process for
    flagging student issues and delivering help to students. The solution
    also provides faculty with access to an interactive class roster
    containing student photos, thus personalizing communication between
    faculty and students and improving interactions.
--  The university's new business intelligence environment has also
    streamlined IT responsibilities and cut database administration time
    in half, enabling database administrators and programmers to focus on
    core tasks such as implementing new Web applications, exploring new
    technologies and building new reports.
--  Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition adds to the
    university's Oracle footprint, which includes Oracle Database, Oracle
    Data Integrator and Oracle's PeopleSoft Financial Management.
--  Valdosta State University began implementing the multi-phase project
    in April 2012, and released phase one to faculty and staff campus wide
    in August 2012, on time and on budget. The university continues to
    expand its data warehouse and business intelligence tools across all
    campus areas -- including alumni relations, student life, housing and
    student affairs -- and in early 2013 will release a portal to its
    students.

    

Supporting Quotes 


--  "Since implementing Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition in
    August 2012, we have seen an obvious increase in support and
    productivity among our faculty and staff, creating an atmosphere of
    innovation at Valdosta State University. The number of campus
    departments requesting access to the Oracle portal for applications,
    forms and automated processes has risen significantly, and with the
    platform's customization capabilities it is easy to build one
    application or report and fit it to the specific needs of each
    department. This interoperability, combined with Oracle's rapid
    application and development model, enabled us to achieve long-term
    goals in a short period of time," said Brian Haugabrook, director of
    data warehouse, Council of Student Affairs (COSA) chair, Valdosta
    State University.
--  "Valdosta State University demonstrates that the right business
    intelligence environment can yield astonishing benefits to an
    institution looking to improve student success and retention. With
    Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition's out-of-box reports,
    Valdosta State University's faculty and staff have the information and
    tools they need to continuously monitor student performance and make
    quick decisions on how to support each student and improve the
    educational experience," said Cole Clark, global vice president,
    education and research industries, Oracle.

    

Supporting Resources


--  Oracle in Higher Education
--  Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition
--  Oracle Database
--  Oracle Data Integrator
--  Oracle's PeopleSoft Financial Management
--  Oracle Higher Education on Facebook
--  Oracle Higher Education on Diigo

    

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